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Publisher's Summary

Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.

Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp.

Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country. 

Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'. 

Published as Eddie turns 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.

©2020 Eddie Jaku (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Inspiring | Sad | Inspiring | Life Changing

This bought me so many emotions some of which I was not aware of. This book is the best book I have ever listened to by far and I have listened and read a lot of books. It has changed my life and my perspective on so many levels.

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oh my heart

loved it, at times I found myself talking back to Eddie...his story is astounding! This book should read in schools so that we never repeat what was done to Eddie and his people.

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This is a must read!

This is an amazing book, although Eddie and his family endured such terrible things, Eddie is such an inspiring man and honestly put a lot into perspective as to how lucky we are, even in this troubling year of 2020 Thank you Eddie for sharing your story. I want to hug you!

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A wonderful book

This was a wonderful book. Simple, honest and full of hope. It really brought me back to the things that matter the most. I Highly recommend it.

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Just.. wow! Life Changing! An IncrEDDIEble Story!

A masterpiece. When I read Man's Search for Meaning it changed me. Now Eddie has moved me further, and his story is even richer and more relatable. His constant drive to help others and his resilience are a wake up call to us all. A truly beautiful man who has had a remarkable impact. Thank you, Eddie, from a new friend.

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This audio book changed my outlook on life

Eddies story is a hard to take in and it unbelievable what he went through and what he endured to survive in a Nazi concentration camp He teaches amazing lessons of friendship, giving, kindness, forgiveness, courage, family and education just to name a few. I was humbled listening to Eddie’s story. I have changed my outlook on life and doing my best to show more kindness to everyone I interact with. This is definitely one of the best stories I have heard.

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Amazing

Eddy, your story it's truly humbling. thank you so much for taking the time to share it.

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The happiest man on earth....

.... is a must read. Heartbreaking, inspiring, deeply moving. The true story of a courageous and loving man. It will change you forever.

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Everyone should read this book!

What an incredibly moving and inspiring. I started it and finished it in one go. If anyone needs a little bit of a perspective adjustment I urge you to get it into your ears. Heartbreaking, but joyful.

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Such a beautiful and timely read

Loved this book, everyone should hear Eddie’s story. His gratitude and joy for life is so inspirational. Really enjoyed it!

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  • Alberto Gomes
  • 25-11-2020

Really deep on details and keep our attention

Full inspirational! Makes us be more grateful in life. Kindness is the key to a better world. “Make yourself a better friend to the world”

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  • 14-09-2020

Definitely Read

A college friend recommended via Instagram. I started the book 2 days later and finished in spurts of 3 days. It was a trip through time and history like no other. It will be the first book I recommend to anyone from now on.

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  • debbie
  • 11-09-2020

should be 10 stars

A hopeful book for such a dark time. Excellent , wish it was longer. Worth the credit

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  • Infragelis
  • 20-08-2020

As good as it gets - 6 stars

Resilient. Loving. Graceful. Tragic. Loving. Memorable. Beautiful. This book truly is life changing. Simply breathtaking. What a gentleman. This should be compulsory reading in schools.

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  • Lachlan
  • 18-08-2020

What a moving real life situation

Such a moving story of a man that has been through so much. Eddie is so motivational.

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  • Marcus
  • 15-08-2020

Inspiring

A great story, thank you Eddie for sharing it. Each of us must help the world. I will continue to try.

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  • P. Hannon
  • 15-11-2020

A must listen

100-year-old Eddie tells a story that will connect with today's world where genocides begin, often in plain sight, and by one set of blind eyes at a time.

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  • Jannike
  • 24-10-2020

Deeply touching, a life lesson!

I listened to this entire audio book (with few pauses) in one day, I couldn't stop listening. I have read and watched many holocaust stories and find Eddie's voice (figuratively) unique. With the focus on the help, kindness, friendship and love he found along this life journey. This story goes way before and long after the concentration camps... It is deeply moving without being overly sentimental, it has within it so many nuggets of valuable life lessons with a very powerful and impacting ending. Definitely worth the listen!

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  • Ed M.
  • 20-10-2020

A reassuring listen.

It's always hard to listen to the suffering of European Jews during the Holocaust, but it's incredible that Eddie Jaku could regain his faith in humanity and live a productive and optimistic life. Simple and worthwhile life lessons to be learnt from this book.

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  • Sharon M
  • 15-09-2020

An Amazing Life Story!

what an incredible journey this man takes you on as he tells you the story of his life and his survival against the odds and the gestapo. what an incredible attitude of positivity he retains despite the atrocities he has witnessed and had inflicted on him. it's like he's lived the life of 5 people not just one. amazingly uplifting despite the subject matter. I listened to this story in one go, i really couldn't stop listening! highly Recommend.

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